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Cultural Contexts and Literary Forms

Essays on Genre

Edited By Goethe Society of India, Chitra Harshvardhan, Rekha Rajan and Madhu Sahni

Genres mutate, disappear, travel through translation and sometimes re-emerge. Traditionally viewed as a classificatory device, the idea of genre has been challenged by anti-genre theoreticians who question the possibility of reading texts merely through a typological framework. The essays in this volume contribute to a transcultural poetics through an engagement with genre, viewing it as neither normative nor inflexible. They investigate historically established genres; genres that transgress conventions as they move between different art forms and cultures; and genres that, whilst seeming to respond to reader expectations, expand and create new communicative spaces. The volume includes not only theoretical considerations of the boundaries and scope of genre but also case studies of science fiction, poetry, aphorism, immigrant writing, filmic adaptation and the role of translation in genre.
This volume is the 2015 Yearbook of the Goethe Society of India.
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Stefan Hajduk - Herders Ideen einer ‚Logik des Affekts‘ und einer ,aesthetischen Poetik‘. Zur relativen Identität literarischer Gattungen unter komparatistischen und transkulturellen Aspekten

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STEFAN HAJDUK

Herders Ideen einer ‚Logik des Affekts‘ und einer ‚aesthetischen Poetik‘. Zur relativen Identität literarischer Gattungen unter komparatistischen und transkulturellen Aspekten

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The cultural-anthropological grounding of Herder’s reflexions on the ancient ode points towards a transgression of traditional genre boundaries. This chapter takes as a starting point the cultural practice of story-telling and the pedagogical attunement of the ‘child’s soul’, with which Herder connects the collective process of general culture to the sphere of perceptual-aesthetic experience of the individual. In accordance with Herder’s metaphoric of oscillation it is the young ‘soul’ – educated as a human sound carrier, which is to be conceived of as the subject of history as well as of narratives. Shaped by this ontogenetical/phylogenetical interplay the individual subject constitutes culture as well as it is moulded by it. Mediated through aesthetic subjectivity culture becomes re-narrated in the universal perspective of history. Here resides an approach for the current debate on transcultural poetics.

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